Grateful Dead Live at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on 1988-06-22
AUD(Senn 441's, Row 16, DFC)>CM (Marantz PMD 430)>DAT>CDR>WAV>SHN taped by Craig Camus via Todd Norman encoded by Chris Ladner
Subject: i thought Jerry was having a stroke
Subject: Never had such a good time!
The guy gave it his all. He came back from the Dead, literally, and yeah he had some moments when he forget licks, etc... However, for those who were there, we remember the first Foolish Heart and Blow away; New Songs! Great tunes. The band was fluent, the crowd ecstatic to feel the general positive attitude and effort by the band. These are great set lists for this whole week! Anybody capping on Jerry forgetting a chord or two, obviously hasn't played an instrument themselves. Happens to everybody. Same people would probably be pissed if PigPen came back from the grave and did "I'll be a Hog for You Baby" right before drums, because it doesn't fit your idea of how they "should" sound.
This show is downright fun sounding, so enjoy!
Subject: It's not that bad....
Subject: stella blue
Subject: Move on from Here
1st Set: See, I'm growing weary of these rough shoddy AUD's being the sole remnant from these probably oft-recorded shows. Anyways, "LTGTR" sounds brisk and eager. "Hell" is satisfying but won't burn down any houses. "Candyman" is thin but strolls without much roughage. The "Walkin" that follows is meatier and thicker. The decently executed 'standard blues number' closing breakdown makes this version stand out. "Push" Yay?! skippable. "Queen Jane" is adequately performed, but there's something magical missing... not as sadly wistful as usual. "Tennessee" has never been one of my faves due to the melodic monotony and this draggy version doesn't snap, crackle or pop. "Let" has the briskness and appropriate briskness but the jammy sections are muddled and definitely not revelatory of anything mandatory.
2nd Set: 'Let's' hope this set of music is of a higher fuel grade. "Foolish" is played for the second time in three days at the top of the second set, but this version is the lesser - flat upon liftoff. "LLR" is successful as its kept simple and straight-forward and Jerry doesn't have to deviate from a pattern he's perfected after playing the tune at least a few hundred times. It's also quite long at 10:31... might as well milk it knowing that although the intentions behind "Scarlet" are rosy, the execution is still DOA. Alright, a debut... "I Will Take You Home" is one of the Dead's most genuine grounded ballads...and although this version is poignant, Brent's singing is rushed and the band's empty (besides an affecting slide by ?) accompaniments (late 2's) are a bit disconcerting considering how unlike 'Hell' this is... "Drums/Space" pass as they do. "The Wheel" attempts establishing the first uptempo song of the second but fails to get aggressive or build a head of steam. "Stella" is just seemingly off for no good reason than tonight's efforts are for naught. "Lovelight" Bobby makes sure to add some ridiculous scratchy-hysterics to make up for tonight...it's extended beyond the 5 1/2 minute version with some skitter-skat and noise and stuff.
Encoring with a deliberate sticky "Quinn"
2 2/5th stars
Subject: Great Show! Get it!!!
Subject: Stella Who?
Subject: You can skip this one...
The Stella Blue is pretty bad. At least when they blew "Blackbird" the next night 6/23/88, they were laughing at themselves. There's not much to laugh at here. Still, a bad show is the price you pay for a group that constantly went out on a limb, courting the muse; sometimes they fell flat on their ass. At least they picked themselves up off the ground and wailed the next night.
Oh, and yes, it was dry as a bone this entire run (thanks to the big drought). Gooney Birds were aplenty. :)
Subject: Two Stars...
...and the Stella Blue is hilarious. Jerry started singin' too early, and it just completely threw him off. He had that deer in the headlights look about him as he mumbled into the mic trying desparately to remember what song they were playing...
He remembered eventually...
Subject: Stella Blue?
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